Category Archives: Trade not Aid

Building hope: Palestinian producers receive payments for Gaza Ark exports

With their economy suffocated by the illegal Israeli blockade, Palestinians in Gaza suffer from massive unemployment, as well as ongoing Israeli attacks from air and sea. Economic strangulation is as deadly for Gaza as the renewed Israeli bombings. In recent days, however, we have begun to pay several producers for export goods sold to international buyers through Gaza’s Ark.

Syn Allois Cooperative, Terra Verde and Chania Immigrant Social Center support Gaza’s Ark

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack against Gaza's Ark, work to restore and let the Ark sail in autumn continues. Gaza's Ark will be loaded with products from Palestine, starting their voyage from Gaza's harbor to the people that have already ordered them.

In Greece the project is supported by hundreds of people from all over the country and especially from the island of Crete, who have made dozens of product orders in order to support Palestinian producers.

Israeli troops open fire at Gaza farmers harvesting wheat

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — Israeli forces early Saturday opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma'an.

Locals said Israeli troops stationed in watchtowers near the village of Khuzaa east of Khan Younis shot at Palestinian farmers as they were harvesting wheat.

No injuries were reported.

Video: Gaza bees seek Egyptian nectar

Beekeepers in Gaza are reporting their best harvest in more than a decade.

The combination of fighting, urban development and disease had seen honey production drop dramatically but beekeepers have changed their strategy.

Alpa Patel reports for BBC.

Open Gaza’s seaport, end the blockade

Opening Gaza's seaport can provide Palestinians humiliation-free access to the world.

Hanine Hassan
Hanine Hassan is a PhD candidate at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the long-term effects of humiliation as a tool of oppression by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The nonchalance with which the West has been observing the slow decomposition of the Palestinian social fabric in Gaza in its eighth year of Israeli blockade amounts to a level of criminal complicity in the face of international law.

Aid convoy arrives in besieged Gaza Strip

By Ola Attalah, Monday, April 21, 2014

GAZA CITY – The Miles of Smiles 26 aid convoy arrived on Sunday in the besieged Gaza Strip through the Rafah border with Egypt, where it was received by Gaza's Deputy Foreign Minister Ghazi Hamad.

This is the convoy's first visit since February. The 35-member delegation – now conducting its 26th visit to Gaza – includes activists from the United Kingdom, Algeria and Libya, head of the convoy Essam Youssef told reporters.

Miles of Smiles 26 Breaks Gaza Siege

Wednesday April 16, 2014 by Chris Carlson
A governmental committee to break the siege in Gaza said that human right solidarity convoy ''Miles of Smiles 26'' is to reach Gaza next Sunday, via Rafah crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Aladdin al-Battah pointed out that the convoy will be charged with humanitarian aid and medical materials for the hospitals in besieged Gaza, and will include more than 30 activists from Arab and European countries.

Israeli Siege Disrupts Projects Worth $19m

Friday April 11, 2014 20:42  by Chris Carlson – 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group.

Minister of Local Government Mohammed al-Farra said that the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, since 2007, disrupted 21 projects in the fields of water and sanitation.

The projects were negatively affected due to the closure of the crossings with Gaza and the ban on entry of construction materials which are necessary to fulfill several halted projects, al-Farra clarified Thursday, according to Al Ray.

Gaza resident builds plant that returns plastic to fuel

A Gaza resident has built a high-tech plant from basic equipment to turn used plastic remains to its origin; fuel.

It took Ibrahim Soboh, 55, from the Nusairat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip, seven months to build and perfect the plant.

Israel's siege on the Gaza Strip lead to many essential goods running out, pushing the residents to Gaza to invent new machines with basic equipment to try to find alternatives.

Besieged Gazans are the world’s forgotten people

Tensions between Gaza and Israel are mounting once again. There have been Israeli air strikes and Islamic Jihad rockets, and Israel recently claimed that it had intercepted a Gaza-bound missiles shipment, though the claim seemed rather implausible.

It also said it had uncovered what it described as the “most advanced” tunnel into Israel from Gaza which could have been used to mount attacks. On the other side of Gaza’s hermetically sealed boundaries, Egypt claimed to have destroyed a mind-boggling 1,370 smuggling tunnels.